Statement of Faith
Children’s Relief International’s board of directors produced our doctrinal statement. It gives an overview of a biblical doctrine that is evangelical in nature while reflecting the historical Christian creeds and confessions. The Statement defines the biblical perspective that guides our missions.
1. We believe that God is one and living, the fountain of all being and beauty, of Whom, through Whom, and to Whom are all things (Rom 11:36). In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, one in substance, power and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
2. We believe that God the Father is the Creator and Sustainer of all that is (Ps 135:6; Ac 17:25-28).
3. We believe that God the Son is Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, true God, and True man, "the one mediator between God and men" (1 Tim 2:5). "There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Ac 4:12). Jesus Christ is the holy and righteous one who was put to death for our sins, "the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God" (1 Pet 3:18).
4. We believe that God the Holy Spirit is the sanctifier of God's people (1 Cor 6:11). Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, our witness to Jesus is futile (John 16:8-11). The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict of sin, impart faith and new birth, and provide Christian growth.
5. We believe that human beings were created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27), the acme of earthly creation, designed for communion with the Triune God. But because "sin came into the world through one man and death spread to all because all have sinned" (Rom 5:12), men and women are "dead" in their sins (Eph 2:5) apart from the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
6. We believe that salvation is not earned by any good works or merits of our own but is received through faith: "By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God" (Eph 2:8) Faith is not merely intellectual assent but an act of the whole person, involving the mind, the will, and the affections, issuing in a changed life (Eph 2:9-10)
7. We believe that all human beings will be raised from the dead in the next life (1 Cor 15:42-44). Those in union with Christ shall be raised by the spirit for honor and joined to a glorious body (Phil 3:21). The lost shall be raised to anguish and distress in hell. (Rom 2:8-9; Lk 16:23-24)
8. We believe that all teaching, life, work, and ministry are accountable to the final authority of Holy Scripture, which is the Word of God in written form (2 Tim 2:13-17; 2 Pet 1:21). The Scriptures are the inspired revelation of God, totally true and trustworthy, the only infallible rule for faith and practice.
9. We believe the church consists of everyone who is personally united to Jesus Christ. By the spirit, every Christian is united to every other true believer in Jesus. The one church becomes visible on earth in all local congregations that meet to do what Scripture commands the church to do (Eph 2:19-22, 4:1-16).